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About the Author: Victor Segalen

Victor Segalen was a French naval doctor, ethnographer, archeologist, writer, poet, explorer, art-theorist, linguist and literary critic.

He was born in Brest. He studied naval medicine in Bordeaux. He traveled and lived in Polynesia (1903–1905) and China (1909–1914 and 1917). He died by accident in a forest in Huelgoat, France ('under mysterious circumstances' and reputedly with an open copy of Hamlet by his side).

In 1934, the French state inscribed his name on the walls of the Panthéon because of his sacrifice for his country during World War I.

He gave his name to the Victor Segalen Bordeaux 2 University of medicine, literature and social sciences in Bordeaux under the Academy of Bordeaux where he studied, and to the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences of Brest where he was born.

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Paperback, Published in Apr 2001 by Livre de Poche

ISBN10: 2253160571 | ISBN13: 9782253160571

Edition enrichie (Preface, notes, dossier sur l' uvre, chronologie et bibliographie)Un monde se meurt. "Immemoriaux," les Tahitiens ont trahi leurs dieux et leurs coutumes. Le drame se joue au moment de l'arrivee des Europeens sur les rives enchantees de la Polynesie, a la fin du xviiie siecle. Il prend ici figure d'allegorie: en vain, Paofai, le dernier paien, partira a la recherche d'une ecriture capable de sauvegarder les mots qui ne doivent pas mourir; et moins de vingt ans suffiront aux Occidentaux pour aneantir une culture restee jusque-la intacte.Dans ce premier livre, une active nostalgie mene Victor Segalen, non a deplorer, mais a recreer la belle societe antique et forte, ses fetes, son culte du "jouir," son alliance heureuse avec la nature. Quant a la langue sacree des Maori, il la reinvente par une prose sans exemple, qui en devient le simulacre. Le livre, publie en 1907 sous un pseudonyme, acquiert tout son sens aujourd'hui ou nous en mesurons le caractere premonitoire."

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